After doing some research, I really wanted to find a collection that captured ’40s fashion. I think it is really interesting how fashion changed because of World War Two.
I find amazing how all of the United States had to ration a number of items so they could save the fabric and money for uniforms, food and other supplies for the soldiers. Because of these restrictions, fashion had to also become “rationed” with shorter hemlines and new ways to recycle clothing.
“In the fourth year of the war, fabric has become an expensive commodity. Fabric economy is essential; magazines offer advice on how to recycle old clothing,” stated on http://www.marquise.de/.
I think one of the reasons I love the quote above is because I love thrifting. Although I do not live in a time now where I need to recycle my clothing, thrifting is my way of recycling clothing.
Looking into Les Copains Fall Winter 16 Collection:
While looking through photos, the first thing I noticed were the colors. She chose muted colors, which were a popular choice in the ’40s.
Because of the ration, even colors were affected.
Photos from the Les Copains FW16 Collection:
All of these looks have the same hemline and skirts. The material used for skirts is also similar to the pencil skirts that were typical in the ’40s. Her collection also includes the synched waist that was common within the ’40s.
Her collection combines a lot of texture, which also makes up for the lack of color in her collection.
The looks that I have posted above, my favorite is the last one because of the sequined top. Although this would not be typical in the ’40s, I like that she made these looks more modern for FW 16.
Usually when people focus their collections on the ’40s, designers will focus their looks on the “Rosie the Riveter” looks because women finally had the opportunity to go off and work because men were overseas fighting the war, but Les Copains focuses more on the feminine side of the ’40s.